Ecdysis accepts submissions in writing, visual & auditory art, and film from anyone in the Harvard academic community. Films and auditory works will appear online; all other submissions may appear in print or online.

 Fall 2017 Submission Portal

See below for guidelines on completing the submission form:

In the form, along with your piece, please submit a short description of the scientific concepts behind your artwork. The description can be as short as a sentence, or as long as a small paragraph. However, be aware that we plan to include descriptions along with most published pieces to allow readers the chance to appreciate the beauty of your work- if your work is what we’re looking for, you’ll probably agree that the immediate aesthetic output is only half the story. Basically: how is your art beautiful?

But I am not a writer and don’t like to write:  By all means keep it short. Long and elaborate writing is not necessary or even desired for this. Think of the description in these terms: it’s up to you to give us what you think is enough for us to not just see your work, but come away persuaded of its beauty – which, as we see it, is an understanding and appreciation for the scientific concepts that compose it. An explanation could include the process or context for the work.

But I didn’t invent the theory of relativity: yes you guys are smart, no we are not looking for Einstein (he was not an undergrad here).

Click here to view a sample submission to Ecdysis along with an example description.


We accept any medium of writing inspired by nature or science. We do not accept works that are purely academic (e.g. no research papers and abstracts), although creative manifestations of such work is highly encouraged.
Please send written work as a .doc attachment.

We accept photography, traditional, and digital mediums. We also accept short film submissions (e.g. no longer than 10 minutes).
If your work is an image, please submit as a .png, .tiff, or .pdf. Please make sure your image is at least 200 dpi resolution.
If your work is a film, please submit as an .mp4 or .wmv.

We accept all genres of music or other works in aesthetic sound that are related to science. Please upload your work to a site such as SoundCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. and share with us a link so we can access your submission.

We accept short films under 10 minutes in length. Please upload your film to YouTube/Vimeo, or share with us a link to access the video via Dropbox/Google Drive.